FCC Demands Verizon Refile Paperwork with Fewer Blank Spots
The Federal Communications Commission today requested that Verizon Wireless refile documents related to its proposed purchase of 122 AWS spectrum licenses from a handful of cable companies with less redacted material. The original filings submitted by Verizon Wireless were full of holes, making it more difficult for the FCC to fully ascertain the intricacies of the deal. The FCC said, "In order for the Commission to complete its review of the applications and consider the necessary public interest findings ... we require that you provide by March 12, 2012, a revised copy of the redacted version ... that removes the redactions." Verizon hopes to acquire the licenses from Cox, Time Warner, Comcast, and Brighthouse.
FCC Awards Spectrum Licenses to AWS-3 Bidders
The FCC today officially granted some winning bidders in the AWS-3 spectrum auction the licenses allowing them to take ownership of the airwaves. The AWS-3 spectrum auction concluded earlier this year, with AT&T, Dish Networks, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless the top four bidders.
FCC Bestows More 600 MHz Licenses
The FCC today granted licenses for 600 MHz spectrum to those companies that placed winning bids during the incentive auction, which concluded earlier this year. The FCC has already distributed some of the 600 MHz licenses, including some to T-Mobile.
FCC Relaxes Rules Governing 800 MHz Spectrum
The FCC this week made it easier for carriers to add LTE to their 800 MHz spectrum holdings. Rules concerning the 800 MHz band (CDMA Band Class 0, LTE Band 5) have been in place since 1981 and limit how much power carriers can use to transmit wireless signals across those airwaves.
Verizon and T-Mobile Agree to $173M Spectrum Swap
Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile have agreed to exchange AWS-1 and PCS spectrum in dozens of markets around the country in a deal valued at $173 million. The spectrum in question covers portions of Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia.
FCC Weighing Whether to Award Dish's AWS-3 Discounts
The FCC today approved nine applications submitted for the AWS-3 spectrum auction, two of which belong to Dish designated entities Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. The FCC said the applications are in their final form and are complete, but the FCC has not made a final decision about the bidding tactics used by Dish and whether or not the company deserves the 25% discount meant for small businesses.
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I hope this retains some importance of how the FCC( especially this one of current staff) is important to keeping the industry in check. So far, they have been doing a great job in watching that the market does not succumb to overpower and misuse from the carriers.
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